Let me start by saying, I love mermaids. I love my soft Morretti glass, the candy colors and the many sea-creatures and and winged creatures that I have created over my lampworking hours.
Even though I am no where close to mastering lampwork sculpture (and quite frankly, I think there is always somewhere to grow, something new to try) I developed a creative itch to try something new, and that something came in the form of silver: both Double Helix and Fine Silver Foil.
Pictured: Large Encased Clio nuggets: Transparent Orange, Clear, Clio – Strike and Reduce, and a final layer of clear. Notice the iridescent blue veins!!!
I have tried Bella Donna Glass, and had some success. Double Helix glass, however, I have never had chance to try. So, with some extra funds I had stored up, I ordered some: Clio, Gaia, Aion, Pandora, Boreas, and two of the trial batches they had for sale. ( I am so in love with one of them, I may just name it myself!)
After several, ahem, “trial batches” here are some of the fabulous results!
Encased Clio Focal: Transparent orange, clear, clio – strike and reduce, clear, with clio dots covered by a clear dot.
Skeleton Key:Transparent orange, clear, Clio – Reduced with slight texture, encased with clear.
Skeleton Key 2 : Boreas, encased with clear
Skeleton Key 3: Aion – reduced with a slight strike, over light blue, encased in clear
Aion “Bubble Beads” – Transparent Blue, with Ivory surface dots, layered with Aion, Reduced and Encased with Clear Dots, and accented by metalic bumps!
Boreas Nuggets: Ivory base, Boreas – Reduced, Clear Encased (Over the ivory, the Boreas, which usually has purple and blue tones, turned very green and nature. I love the effect, but the iridescence is hard to capture on film)
I also played with some silver foil, but I will save that for the next post! Thanks for reading. 🙂 Share some of your beads made with silver glass.
Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust!